This blog is for the technophobe and expert alike. In case you are wondering,
Phishing but via SMS text. Cyber Security professionals these days can spot an SMS Smishing or Email Phishing campaign – right? Well mostly yes, we can, but how many of those same Cyber Security professionals know what they should do with them?
In case you were wondering, the answer is to not just delete them. How about reporting to the authorities? Ever heard the phrase “See it, Say it, Sorted”? Well, why should cyber-crime be considered any differently to any other type of crime? This is an explanation of what to do next, that is so rarely discussed and so few in the industry are aware of.
Let’s take a typical series of events.
The entry point and our first stage is when a text such as this
Recently Reported Scam is received.
Upon reading the text you become concerned it could be a Scam. Traditionally the next step would be to remove it. Don’t remove it just yet as we are missing a vital step!
The “So what” of the discussion, and the penultimate step. Ask yourself “Should I report this?” If your conclusion is yes, then forward it to the authorities.
Delete it and if you’re thorough, block the number if an SMS, or the contact if an email.
Cyber Crime is no different to crime in the real world. Keep things simple by remembering “See it, Say it, Sorted”, and do not forget the importance of remembering to report scams.
If you’ve found this interesting, here are some
Top Tips from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) explaining how to spot a scam and what to do if you have fallen victim to them.
If you can influence your IT Department at work, there is an easily configurable add-in to Office 365 to allow single click reporting of suspicious mails to the NCSC’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The
One Click To Report Phishing is for Office 365 and targeted specifically at its Administrators and not the novice user though.
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